Big Bucks Hide in Small Places
By Ken Piper
Most hunters think that you have to go deep in the woods to find a big buck – deeper than anyone else is likely to go. That’s partially true: You will find bucks in places other people don’t go, but it isn’t always deep in the woods. We tend to think bucks react to pressure by leaving an area when, in fact, radio telem... READ MORE
Old-timer’s Scent Mask
By Thomas Bradford
For hunters who need a scent mask in a pinch, or those who can't afford to buy scent killer sprays, there’s a simple solution I've used all my life: cedar trees.
In the Tennessee foothills where I'm from, cedar trees are abundant. When I head out hunting, I always cut a little limb off and roll it in my hands, then rub it all over my clothin... READ MORE
Avoid the Half Moon Club (Scope Cuts)
By Tim H. Martin
Have you ever noticed how many hunters — even famous ones — have a little scar on one eyebrow or across the bridge of the nose? That's the telltale sign they've been cut by a riflescope.
Whether you call it a scope ding, joining the Half Moon Club or, as they say in South Africa, a Bushveld tattoo, scope cuts are avoidable if hunters l... READ MORE
Hay Bale Hideaways
By Frank Mayes
I’ve hunted in Missouri for many years. Until the past few seasons, ground blinds and ladder stands have been the main types of stands I’ve hunted from. Now, I’m discovering one of the most effective ways to ambush whitetails is from behind hay bales. I’ve had deer walk within 10 feet of me and never know I was there! My set... READ MORE
Don’t Let Your Ladder Sink
By Tim H. Martin & Ryan Noffsinger
In December of 2017, Buckmasters Art Director Ryan Noffsinger had a scary incident while climbing into an old metal ladder stand on his property. Years before Millennium became our trusted sponsor, a member of Ryan’s hunt club had erected an off-brand ladder stand on seemingly firm ground during the dry Alabama summertime. The ladder portion ... READ MORE
Keys to Pre-season Trail Cam Recon
By Jack Baker
God created a variety of food sources that sustain wildlife throughout the year. To take advantage and intercept deer with your trail cameras, you’ll need to figure out the growing schedule in your area. Here in Georgia, I begin setting out my trail cams the last week of June. This is because wild cherries are starting to drop. Bucks LOVE wil... READ MORE
Rock Climber’s Tips for Hunters - Part II
By Tim H. Martin
Last week, I shared a tree-climbing tip I learned from my days of training as a rock climber. This tip dealt with the standard rock climber’s rule of always keeping handholds above your head at ALL times during a climb. It’s also one of the safest things deer hunters can do when climbing in and out of our treestands. Another valuable ti... READ MORE
Reverse Trail Blazing II
By Jon Harris and Tim H. Martin
My tip expounds on a stand location trick by Tim H. Martin on how to come and go like a ghost (see Reverse Trail Blazing I, below). For years, I’ve used a method similar to what Tim described, but I’ve added a twist. In reverse trail blazing, deer definitely use the easy-to-follow main trail and often, they make it all the way to the ba... READ MORE
By Wesley J. Cagle
One of my personal favorite tips is something I’ve done for a long time, and it really works for tricking a deer’s nose. I’m almost never winded, and have had countless deer walk within feet of me. It’s become a routine now. All I do is take fresh pine needles — preferably from a young tree — and break them ever... READ MORE
Linger for the Lens!
By Gail McKee
For those of you who use trail cameras like I do, I think you'll find this tip very useful!
I've noticed deer will stay longer in front of my camera if I take a moment to broadcast the corn and other attractants instead of just dumping it in a big pile like many hunters do.
I've found a 10-foot by 20-foot area of distribution to be the best for p... READ MORE
Dark Woods Dilemma?
By Cyndie Fox
Photo: Alaskans like Cyndie Fox are prepared for short days and handling situations in the dark. Shown here with a black-tailed buck and gorgeous Arctic fox, Cyndie shares a great tip with whitetail hunters. Buckmasters fans, hello from Anchorage, Alaska! Although we don’t have whitetails like you in the lower 48, we do have black-tailed deer... READ MORE
Do You Have a Record in the Attic?
By Tim H. Martin
I think we'd be amazed if we knew just how many record book antlers are gathering dust in attics and garages across the country, yet never get any recognition. As the art director for Rack Magazine, I’ve designed dozens of stories about state and world record bucks that surfaced after decades of going undiscovered in closets, hardware stores ... READ MORE
Love Those Rubber Gloves
By Rob Fetterhoff Jr.
Photo: Rob Fetterhoff Jr. sends us a unique tip for using vinyl gloves. Here, the hunter poses with a pretty 8-pointer he took on the southern tier of the Empire State’s western side. Like many hunters, I use disposable gloves while field-dressing my deer. Obviously, gloves minimize the amount of blood on my hands and sleeves, but here’... READ MORE
Trail Cam Hit List Illusions
By Tim H. Martin
Photo: Trail cameras have become the hunter’s best recon tool for evaluating and ambushing big bucks. Trail cameras have become the hunter’s best friend when it comes to planning an ambush for a trophy buck. When creating your hit list, be mindful of a few things. The camera can play tricks with the actual size of a buck’s rack. A... READ MORE
Divine Fruit, Divine — Rub?
By Greg Lawrentz
Whitetails LOVE persimmons! That’s why I rub them on my boots and clothing. The smell is natural and serves as both a cover scent and an attractant. – Editor’s Note: by Tim H. Martin Greg’s use of persimmons to rub on his hunting clothes sounds sticky, but given how much deer love them, maybe he’s on to something. I kn... READ MORE